Queens Park 2 Man United 3
Queens Park Rangers 2 Manchester United 3, Loftus Road, English Premier League, December 10, 1994. Manchester United edged out Queens Park Rangers by 3-2 during an entertaining and thrilling match at Shepherd´s Bush. Paul Scholes found the back of the net on two occasions for the visitors, while midfield colleague Roy Keane also made the scoresheet.
Sir Alex Ferguson´s title challenging Manchester United team had defeated mid-table Norwich City by 1-0 at Old Trafford courtesy of a 36 minute goal from Eric Cantona in their previous Premier League fixture and the reining Premiership champions were riding high in the top flight. The West Londoners, for their part, entered the clash on the back of a much-needed and morale-boosting 2-1 win against neighbouring rivals West Ham United at Loftus Road thanks to a goal apiece from Les Ferdinand and Trevor Sinclair in the first half. And it was Ferdinand who handed Queeens Park Rangers the lead against the odds with an unstoppable shot which went past the outstretched right arm of Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Walsh and into the top left corner of the net after 23 minutes of entertaining action. United gradually took control of proceedings, though, and had their equaliser when Paul Scholes headed home a cross from the left eleven minutes later. And with only one minute left of the first half, Republic of Ireland player Roy Keane put The Reds ahead for the first time in the game with a well placed shot beyond the reach of Rangers goalkeeper Sieb Dijkstra.
A mere two minutes after the resumption of the play, Scholes registered his second goal of the afternoon as the twenty-year-old midfield playmaker nodded an excellently delivered corner from fellow youngster Simon Davies into the net to make it it 3-1 to Manchester United. A nicely headed goal from Ferdinand in the 64th minute of the tie provided Ray Wilkins´s Queens Park Rangers with some renewed hope, but the men in red shirts held on to secure all three points. A great force in the middle of the park, Paul Scholes made 718 first team appearances for United between 1994 and 2013, scoring 155 goals during the process. The Mancunian made his Premier League debut for Manchester United when he took the field as a second half substitute for Lee Sharpe in a 3-2 defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on the 24th of September 1994, and played his last match for the Old Trafford club in a 5-5 Premier League draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on the final day of the 2012-13 season. Queens Park Rangers Team: Sieb Dijkstra, David Bardsley, Clive Wilson, Alan McDonald, Danny Maddix, Simon Barker, Steve Hodge, Andy Impey, Kevin Gallen, Les Ferdinand, Trevor Sinclair. Substitutes: Gary Caldwell, Ian Holloway, Bradley Allen. Manchester United Team: Gary Walsh, Gary Neville, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin, Simon Davies, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Brian McClair, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes. Substitutes: Nicky Butt, Keith Gillespie, Kevin Pilkington.